edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Well, long-lasting head that is thick, rich, and frothy. Amber/mahogany in color. Sweet, fruity aroma.
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2008
great aroma of wood and malt. flavor is nice malty and sweet. finish is wood and alcohol. real nice. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
750mL bottle, #917, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a slightly hazy, burgundy-wooden color; off-white head with patchy mixed-bubbled lacing. Solid levels of sour-mash bourbon, maple syrup, and sweet brown sugar in the aroma; decent soft barrel character with a touch of green apple. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of sweet brown sugar, soft sour-mash barrel notes, and oily dried dark fruits upfront; the carbonation is a touch fizzy, and the body could be firmer, but a reasonably enjoyable, if a touch messy, barrel-aged creation. Lengthy finish: sweet, vanilla-tinged, chewy barrel notes linger, along with brown sugar and dried dark fruits; still sweet at the far end of things. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2008
High carbonation, huge growing tan head, cola-sized bubbles. Nose is mellow bourbon, maple, dry wood, sweet pipe tobacco, somewhat muddled by a minerally yeast, acidic and sharp up the nostrils. Body is somewhat flabby and disorganized up front, carbonation is overdone and uneven, with the mineral-heavy yeast. The bourbon and wood is mellow and just a bit fruity - some sort of dried, bourbon-glazed apples or pears. Nice flavor and decent warming, but muddled by the sharp, slightly acidic and minerally yeast. Lingering vanilla syrup flavor overtakes the olfactory senses, I can’t get rid of it. Lingering vanilla syrup flavor overtakes the olfactory senses, I end up huffing it for a few minutes after I’m finished. Can’t get rid of it. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. $25 bottle from Coltrain! Amber color. Big huge head that doesn’t fade. Large cork pop when opened. Dryish with a hint of alcohol.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
1st new rating, of Toncatcher’s tasting 9/20/08 in Santee with a mess of cool Sd Ratebeerians, bottle from Wetherel in his recent trip to Colorado. Pours cloudy brown, like a melted caramel with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and oaky. Taste was sweet with noes of caramel and overall tasty. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Hand signed and numbered bottle. Shared in a tasting with my crew. A farly dark pour with a 1/4 inch head. Beautiful sweet and sour armoa. Brown sugar and red wine in the nose. Flavors of sour grapes, oak, and sugar. Perfect viscosity, and overall one of the best beers I have ever had. I really hope Odell makes this one more time. alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep wood brown, with a good size lasting head. Aromoa of oak, malt, slight alchoal smell. Tastes of oak, carmel, roast and light fruit. beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Sampled this at a friend’s house, the generous gift of another guest at the party. He brought it because he had been told that it was already funky. It wasn’t, and this is a treat.
Poured with a huge brown head. Very carbonated. Had to let this one settle for a few minutes. Aromas of oak, vanilla, roasted malts. The oak is very prevalent in the taste. I’d say with some aging this would even take on some bourbon characteristics, though the barrels used for fermentation were new. The palate is oily and medium-bodied. Very good mouthfeel. I think this beer will age well. sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of RidleyBrewery.
Bottle # 853, date of 8/15/08.
Pours dark brown.
Aroma is oaky and sweet.
Taste, roasted, some sweetness with some vanilla. Thick on the palate, filled with rich fruity flavors as well as caramel malts.
I did not get to try enough to write a more complete review. A good brew, heavy on the taste, with good lacohol presence.